Man the lifeboats! Datos IO develops tech to recover next-gen DBMS

Recovery tools for MySQL, MongoDB, Cassandra and others

Datos IO is a new database recovery startup which claims it's reinventing recovery for next-generation databases.

It's new, being co-founded in June 2014 by CEO Tarun Thakur – who has Data Domain, Veritas and IBM Research on his CV – and Dr Prasenjit Sarkar, previously a master inventor in IBM Research. Of the 23 employees, five have PhDs and five are from IBM Research labs at Almaden, although they're not necessarily the same five people.

Datos IO has gained $15.25m in A-round funding and its product technology is quite advanced for an A-round company: there are 7 deployments with early adopters and 19 product betas in a pipeline. The target verticals are financial, retail and e-commerce, selling into the Big Data, cloud database and database-as-a-service markets. Early customers include Barracuda Networks and eBay, and Barracuda CEO BJ Jenkins is an advisor.

The company says five of the top ten databases in distributed applications for mobile, social, the cloud and the Internet of Things are open-source and scale-out, not traditional RDMS: MySQL, MongoDB, Cassandra, SQLite and Redis. Enterprises using them must be able to recover corrupted or inaccurate data, but these next-gen databases lack the recovery tools needed.

It believes it has devised "the industry’s first distributed versioning platform that guarantees repair-free recovery across all scale-out databases and provides enterprises with a single state of truth for their distributed applications". A tester said it "solves recovery for eventually consistent, multiple clustered and distributed databases”.

Datos IO says it can deliver orchestrated repair and free restores, and has the industry's first semantic deduplication. We don't know what that means yet, but this is an early-stage company still developing and proving its technology.

Keep an eye on it if you are, or will be, an open-source, scale-out database user in its target market and technology areas. ®

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